Second Sunday of Easter, Year B, 8th April 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday

Since 2000, at the instigation of Pope John Paul II, the Roman Catholic church has kept the Feast of Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter. The readings, however, are still bathed in the joy of the Resurrection.

In the First Reading we see the effect the Risen Lord has on the life of the young Christian communities, led and guided by the Apostles.

The Psalm joyfully shows that Jesus, through his Resurrection, is the rejected cornerstone first mentioned by Isaiah (Isaiah 28: 16)

St John is his letter (Second Reading) reminds his readers that the true believer is the one who loves God by keeping his commandments – that is, by loving one another as he loved us. Jesus, fully man and fully God, was baptised by water but shed his blood for us.

In the multi-faceted Gospel text, we encounter the Risen Lord twice, as well as the Holy Spirit and the disbelieving Thomas. We are reminded of Jesus’s patience and infinite mercy; we are also able to witness at first- hand the transformation of Thomas and his deep act of faith as he comes to believe that the Lord is truly risen.

This week, I may want to pray particularly for all the ‘Doubting Thomases’ around me, and ask the Risen Lord that, in his mercy, he shows them his hands and feet so they may come to believe too.

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